Bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed and/or misunderstood. It can contribute to significant emotional distress for those struggling with addiction. Extremes in mood can lead to dependence on drugs or alcohol in an effort to manage one’s mood. Abuse of these substances can result in additional difficulties with mood.
This reciprocal relationship can be a significant cause of frustration for the individual, family members, and treatment providers. In order to minimize the frustration that comes with symptoms of Bipolar disorder and enhance one’s quality of life it is essential that the condition, whether mood induced, substance induced, or both is accurately diagnosed.